Drax has come in for renewed scrutiny over the environmental sustainability of its supply chain, with a major investigation having found evidence of carbon-rich primary forests in western Canada being felled to supply wood pellet feedstock for Britain’s biggest power station in North Yorkshire.

After analysing satellite images, tracing logging licenses, filming drone footage and following a truck from a mill, a team of journalists from the BBC’s Panorama programme have today accused Drax of driving the logging of natural forests to produce its feedstock for electricity generation in the UK.

In a BBC programme due to air this evening, the Panorama team claim that Drax – which has received billions of pounds of UK government subsidies to support the ongoing conversion of its former coal power units in North Yorkshire to run on bioenergy – has bought logging licences to cut down two areas of “environmentally important” forest in

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